Morning Headlines: Temple Stadium Could Proceed Over Neighborhood Objections
Good morning Philadelphia. Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses last night, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders virtually tied on the Democratic side. Here’s what else you need to know today:
Protests continue, but Temple University is preparing to move ahead with plans for an on-campus football stadium.
CBS3 reports dozens of students were escorted out of a students-only meeting Monday when they protested the proposal, saying it could harm North Philly neighborhood residents. “To say that we’re going to build a stadium, yes that’s great, that’s fun that’s whatever it is but you need to have input from the community,” one protester said. “This meeting there were no community members allowed. It was strictly for students.” But the time for input may be ending. Philly.com reports that Temple’s Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Monday to consider moving forward with the $100 million stadium.
Chaka Fattah Jr. could be sentenced to prison today on his corruption convictions.
The longtime congressman’s 33-year-old son was convicted in November on tax and bank fraud charges — including allegations he took $100,000 intended to help at-risk students in the Philadelphia School District. NewsWorks reports the convictions typically carry a sentence of up to six year behind bars, but that Fattah is hoping for leniency — and expects to win on appeal, anyway. “I’m gonna file my appeal in this case,” Fattah said. “And I feel good about my chances in the future.”
Meanwhile, a date has been set for Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s criminal trial.
PennLive.com reports the trial is scheduled to start Aug. 8. Kane faces of charges of perjury, false swearing, and obstruction related to the leaking of secret grand jury material in order to embarrass a political rival. The question, though, might be whether Kane will still be attorney general when Aug. 8 rolls around. The Pennsylvania Senate is ready to vote to remove her if her law license remains suspended; the Pennsylvania House has started to make moves that could lead to her impeachment. The trial will take place in Montgomery County.
Uber is bringing “UberPool” to Philly — a service that lets you share rides with other Uber customers heading in the same direction.
Philadelphia Business Journal reports the new service will save Uber passengers as much as 50 percent per ride. The flip side? Sometimes the car you’re riding in will have to go out of its — your — way to pick up the stranger who also requested an UberPool ride. On the upside? You never know when your fellow UberPool rider will be Andre 3000, who will want to take you to Kanye’s latest recording session. That second scenario is probably pretty rare, though. PBJ says it’s unclear when service will be available through Uber’s app.
The Eagles are sending a sick teen to see the Super Bowl.
NBC10 reports that Nicholas Dion, 14, who has leukemia, received the tickets from Eagles Coach Doug Pederson, in an event sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Dion also received a tour of the NovaCare complex Monday and got to meet running back Darren Sproles. “It’s going to mean everything just for me, him, and his two sisters to actually spend some good quality time together and to have fun. Make the most of the time that we have and then just go to the Super Bowl and have fun,” Dion’s mother said. The family leaves for San Francisco on Thursday.
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